Master’s Message – Aug 2018

Aug 2018 Masters Message

Recently my brethren entrusted to me the honor of occupying the famed Oriental Chair in Dothan Lodge 466 for the 2018-2019 year. The privilege, and responsibility of enacting the will of the Lodge is an honor that I embrace with great seriousness and will not take lightly.  Many men have sat there before me and done good for our fraternity and community, and my desire is to continue their good works and bring honor to the fraternity.

My friends have asked me what is my takeaway from being a F&AM in the state of Alabama?  How am I enriched personally?  Why am I faithful to this fraternity?  How do you answer this you ask?  With great honesty and forthrightness of course.  Without that attitude and example set in my daily life, why would anyone look and say to themselves, “I want to know what makes that man tick!”

Let’s start with the basics, a set of Principles to live and experience life with.  What are these principles?  Glad you asked.  Let’s look at a few:

  1. Brotherly Love– Regard your fellow man as family, created by the same loving God gives us a tie to all of our fellow creatures.  With this thought in our minds, how we act and conduct ourselves, even when our emotions run rampant, aids us in remembering to conduct ourselves compassionately and with honor.
  2. Truth-Whether you are seeking or speaking truth, we all yearn to conduct ourselves and in turn be treated with integrity.  With the benefit of hindsight and experience, doesn’t it just work out better for everyone when the truth is always up front and not hidden?
  3. Charity– We are taught that we should work to help those around us to the best of our ability without harm to ourselves.   The Bible directs us to care for the less fortunate, widows, orphans and those without.    Isaiah 1:17 states, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”    2 Corinthians 9:7 states, “Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn’t be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver.”

Just knowing that this ancient and honorable fraternity espouses values given to us by our Creator alone makes it worthy of looking to decide if you want inclusion into its ranks.  The association with like-minded and honorable men whose values match your own is also incentive.  You have heard all your adult life, 2B1ASK1! So, I ask you, When others see you, do they ask what you have internally that makes you different?

Fraternally,

Ashley Whitehurst
Worshipful Master
Dothan #466